Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
Swimmers take sprint
By David Witte / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Los Banos Tiger Sharks took the team standings title in the Dos Palos Sprint Invitational Saturday at Dos Palos High.
It's a good sign for a team that had its decades-long streak of Merced County Swim league titles snapped last year.
The Sprint offered many swimmers shorter distances than they were used to.
"It was a great meet for them," Tiger Sharks coach Drew Guintini said. "It's a different meet, a lot of the older kids aren't used to the 25s. Most are used to swimming 50s and 100s."
And now the Tiger Sharks, along with most of the teams in the league, are heading to a meet that traditionally features long-distance races in the FAST Invitational Friday through Sunday at Firebaugh High.
"I know with the vacation week coming up, a lot of people will be gone," Guintini said. "But every team will be down swimmers. They swim long distance Friday night, so that's something different."
The FAST meet, though, will be without a 500-yard freestyle this year in an effort to move the meet along faster, Guintini said.
"Mayra (Garcia) and Jared (Benitez) both do the 500, so they were kind of bummed out," Guintini said. "It's not really a bad race once you've done it a few times and get used to it. I tell the kids they swim that much anyway in practice."
Garcia (15-16-year-old girls) and Benitez (13-14 boys) ran roughshod over the competition in Dos Palos, along with Nathan Vander Poel (17-18 boys) and Brooklyn Gallagher (6-and-under girls). All four were high-point winners in their age groups.
Meanwhile, in Fresno, The Los Banos Hydrocats' Paige Roseman took first in the 8-and-under girls 50-meter breaststroke (54.68 seconds) and second in the 50-meter freestyle (43.06) at a U.S.A. Swim meet hosted by the Fresno Dolphins.
Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at email@example.com